By Noah | January 31, 2010
Several of the legendary 1963 Feynman Lectures on Physics are now available for viewing online at at Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva (direct link to videos). (UDPATE: oops, my mistake! It’s not the 1963 Caltech lectures, it’s the Messenger Lectures from Cornell — see first comment below).
Feynman was one of the great physicists of the 20th century, and these lectures, which cover a range of basic topics, are famous for their clarity, insight and wit. Very highly recommended not just for physics students, but for anyone with an interest in science and/or good teaching. (I’m not thrilled about the proprietary Silverlight encoding, but the lectures are wonderful. By the way, right now I’m having trouble getting lecture #1 to stream — the others look good.)
A companion book to the Cornell lectures, The Character of Physical Law (the Messenger Lectures, 1964), is still available. Also, for those with $120 to spend, a boxed set of the famous book version of the Caltech 1963 Feyman lectures remains in print. For a much lighter introduction to Dick Feyman and his hijinks, Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman is still good fun.